Old pictures resurfacing with different contexts has become a common occurrence on social media, and so has posters and stills from movies being passed off as real incidents.
One such recent incident is the claim about Hamas— a Palestininian military group— landing on the moon!
Facebook user @theimamofpeace shared the picture of an astronaut placing a flag on the moon with the caption “Can someone please confirm if this is a real photograph of a Hamas astronaut on the moon? That’s what they’re saying.”
The post had garnered 5523 interactions on the platform, including 144 reshares at the time of writing this article.
Hamas is an acronym for ‘Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmiyyah’. As per Britannica, it is a militant movement in Palestine fighting to form an independent Islamic State in Palestine.
To ascertain the authenticity of the claim made by the post, Newschecker ran a reverse image search on google along with relevant keywords.
The article carries the same image as the one used by the Facebook post in question.
“Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by the Arab Studies Institute (www.ArabStudiesInstitute.org)” says the website.
We googled the film name and were led to the website of Larissa Sansour. Sansour is a Palenstinian artist who is the director of the film ‘A Space Exodus’.
A thorough check of the website confirmed that the image in question was a screengrab from the trailer of the film ‘A Space Exodus’.
Internet Movie Database’s (popularly known as IMDb) page on the film says that ‘A Space Exodus’ is a 2008 film which is the first part of Larissa Sansour’s science fiction trilogy.
This is also confirmed by the website of ‘Mec film’, which is ‘an international sales and distribution company exclusively for films by Arab directors’, as per its website.
Thus, we find that the image is not of Hamas landing on the moon but is a screen grab from the movie ‘A Space Exodus’.
The image being circulated with the false claim of Hamas landing on the moon is actually from a 2008 movie made by Larissa Sansour.
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